Loungeroom concert rocks for Caritas

Gary Pinto (top left) with his band CDB perform at the online concert (Caritas Australia)

Hundreds of Australians logged on for an hour of musical entertainment on Saturday, raising emergency funds for Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion COVID-19 appeal.

ARIA Award-winning artist and musical mentor Gary Pinto led the "Walk With Me – Loungeroom Sessions" event, which featured Guy Sebastian, Mark Lizotte (Diesel), Prinnie Stephens, Fr Rob Galea and other musicians who generously gifted a song for the cause. The livestream brought a welcome respite for the energised congregation of homebound fans, invigorated by the eclectic musical performances.

Pinto recently penned the song Walk with Me for Project Compassion.

“Caritas Australia works quietly behind the scenes, delivering long-term programs and essential humanitarian and emergency services, globally. Thanks to the generous support of the Australian public, they carry on working for a peaceful, equitable and just society with profound respect for human dignity,” Pinto said.

“I am incredibly proud to be a part of the Caritas family and through the magic of music gifting my talents to support this extraordinary work.”

The effect of COVID-19 pandemic is amplified for those living in communities already vulnerable to poverty, malnutrition and without access to adequate sanitation.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 2017, two billion people lacked access to basic sanitation facilities and only 45 per cent used a safely managed sanitation service.

Caritas Australia CEO Kirsty Robertson says funds raised during the Loungeroom Sessions will support Caritas Australia’s work, including their response to the COVID-19 pandemic in vulnerable communities at risk of infection.

“We are currently responding to the hardest-hit countries, including the Pacific Islands, Bangladesh and Cambodia, which have limited access to proper sanitary living conditions and medical support, even before the spread of COVID-19,” Ms Robertson said. “The people in these communities are facing a dual crisis at this time and your donation will truly save lives.“

To donate to Caritas Australia visit: lent.caritas.org.au/donate or telephone 1800 024 413.

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Local and international stars serenade for a great cause (Caritas Australia)

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